“The Little Book of Hygge”: Meik Wiking Explains the Danish Way of Living Well

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The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking (2016, Penguin)

The word “hygge” is all over the place. I first encountered it on the art and design blog Creative Boom. Recently, I saw British author Hari Kunzru poking fun at Scandinavia with the following tweet: “The five stages of contemporary Scandinavian fiction: (1) Hygge, (2) Quietly despairing, (3) Wartime secrets, (4) Alcohol, rage and shame, (5) Serial murder.”

Happiness Research Institute

Well, what is hygge (pronounced hoo-gah)? The concept is explained very well in The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking (@MeikWiking), CEO of the Happiness Research Institute (Facebook)—an independent think tank based in Copenhagen exploring why some societies are happier than others. Coming from the fields of economics, anthropology, psychology, political science, philosophy and design, the folks at the Happiness Research…

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